The Wild Is Within Me

The Wild Is Within Me

Yemzi Spring/Summer 2018 ready-to-wear



Emerging British-Nigerian womenswear designer Elizabeth-Yemi Akingbade returns to bold, vibrant luxury fabrics for her third Yemzi collection. Combining streetwear styles from Europe and West Africa.

The 'Wild Is Within Me' collection showcases the brands most vibrant fashion prints yet, displayed on signature fine silk fabrics. This season introduces customers to silk jersey for the effect of a second skin.

The eight look collection displays a late 80’s/early 90’s vibe and is available in three exclusive fashion prints. Elizabeth- Akingbade paints the illustrative artwork by hand from her East London studio, taking inspiration from exotic animals and wild flowers.

There is also a return of the classic silhouettes with fresh interpretations. The silk chiffon kimono gains voluminous sleeves. The shirtdress, bralette, jumpsuit and wrapper skirt (iro) gain tumbling ruffles which mirror natural forms of flower petals. The boubou has evolved with a gathered waist and fanning pleats.

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Designer: Elizabeth-Yemi Akingbade @yemzi
Collection Title: The Wild Is Within Me
Season: Spring/Summer 2018 Ready-To-Wear
Photographer: Aurelia Anomalie
Hair and Make-up Artist: Chantelle Phillips @chan.p
Models: Tara @taraedwardsjones / Eron @cmodelmgmt

Words: Elizabeth-Yemi Akingbade
Editor: Swakara Atwell-Bennett